Degas’s ballerina collection is currently being shown at the Royal Academy on Picadilly, which represents the most fun you can have for £15.

The collection has been assembled from all corners of the world, from museums and private contributors, and shows what a master Degas was of capturing movement in a snapshot. My favourites are all the behind-the-scene images of lovely ballerinas getting ready off-stage, tying laces, stretching and practising.

A couple of thoughts as I wandered around: ballerinas in the mid 1800s had “normal” bodies, some being on the chunkier side of chubby – when did the anorexic look become the preferred look? And, if Degas were alive today, would we accept an old artist hanging around 14 year old ballerinas and obsessively painting them, sometimes nude?

Anyway, I digress .. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition, catch it while you can!

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